Every Rabbit Owner needs to know how to check their rabbit’s teeth- Companion Animal Vets

rabbits have teeth that grow
continuously and when they don’t line up perfectly they just keep growing to
excess. This can stop them from eating and leads to other health problems. In
this video you’ll learn how to tell if there’s an issue. Hi family pet lovers,
I’m Matt Young from Companion Animal Vet Hospital and you’re watching Ask The Vet,
our family pet care video series it’s your guide to the latest
information and best practices to help you care for your family pet.
Many dwarf rabbits are born with a top and bottom jaw that just don’t line up! When
this occurs the teeth don’t meet and wear and they just continue to grow. It’s
quite easy to see, but it needs to be treated to ensure that it doesn’t stop
them from eating or lead to damage to the molar teeth or lead to abscesses of
the jaw. Rabbits have six little incisor teeth in the front and these are the
only teeth we are able to physically see There are other teeth but these are
located way back in their head behind where their eyes are, it’s impossible to
see them without anestheting the rabbit and using special instruments to
open the mouth. There are two tiny teeth hidden behind that are basically just
useless little appendages but there you go;
that completes the 6. The upper teeth should sit slightly in front of the
lower incisors so that they overlap like scissors. Their teeth are slightly
different to our teeth in that they grow continuously from the root, but as a
rabbit chews they are worn down and continuously replaced. If the jaw is not
the correct length these incisors do not meet and the teeth will miss each other. There are two situations in which this happens. The first is if they were born
with a malaligned jaw, the second reason is if they suffer from trauma to their
teeth, often from jumping out of someone’s arms or furniture and crashing
into the floor or a wall. This can sometimes take a few months to show up
as the damaged tooth needs to grow out from the base. The tooth then continues to grow and will generally curve around towards the back of the head. This stops
them from being able to physically get food into the mouth and prevents
proper closure of the jaw which then means that the molars overgrow. These
teeth need to be trimmed or ideally removed. Many people wonder how they will be able to eat without their incisor teeth? The answer to this is that they
will be able to eat much better than they would do with the deformed teeth
there. It’s true that they won’t be able to crop and graze effectively on grass
but they will be fine on hay and can be supplemented with high fiber pellets while they take the food in utilizing their lips. Trimming
the teeth needs to be done using a high-speed burr, the teeth regrow really
quickly and they will generally need it done every few weeks for life! Some
rabbits need their molars treated as well and this requires a general
anesthesia. If the incisors are removed early many of these rabbits will not
develop problems with their molars. Extraction rather than trimming is just
a much better way to go. Overgrown teeth due to alignment problems are common in rabbits because their teeth continually grow. The main problem is an inability to
eat but if not treated appropriately secondary issues can develop. So, in
summary, overgrown teeth due to alignment problems are common rabbits because
their teeth grow continuously the main problem is an inability to eat but if
not treated appropriately then secondary problems can develop. If you have a
rabbit you should regularly check their teeth to make sure there is no
overgrowth, if they do have overgrowth the incisors should be extracted sooner
rather than later. If you have any questions on anything you’ve seen in
this video you can leave them in the comments below or hit us up on Facebook Messenger

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